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RIGMOVES by VICTOR GIBSON 

It's a hard life out in the asteroids driving a space tug, moving mining rigs from one rock to another. And it's lonely work, requiring skill courage and patience, but if you want the job done Sulliman Smith could be your man. His employers, the Cygnus Corporation, are not the easiest people to work for, and his days are only made bearable by his occasional communications with Nadia Abdull, the feisty female captain of another of the company tugs. But will they ever meet, in an environment where the moral code requires that unattached men and women are monitored and segregated?

When their next rig move is delayed Sully and Nadia decide, against company regulations, to land on the location asteroid to get a few hours rest. The decision has unexpected consequences and initiates a chain of events, which results in them preparing for a life or death slingshot round Saturn in the converted ore carriers Solar Flame and Solar Flare. Then Sully hears a faint distress call...

Over the years I have written many words on a variety of topics. I have written articles for marine magazines, books on marine subjects and short stories, two of which have won prizes. However, I have always had ambitions to write a science fiction novel, so here it is. It has been professionally edited and proof read, and so there are very few typos and grammatical errors, although almost no books are completely immune these days.

The book is dedicated to shipmasters all over the world, who struggle on anonymously, often dealing with impossible owners, arrogant officials and unrealistic regulations, not to mention the threat of being robbed at gunpoint or held captive in some pirate stronghold. If something goes wrong they may be criminalised vilified and fined or gaoled. On the face of it my guys have a better time of it out in the asteroid belt.

 

SOME REVIEWS:

"This is a hugely enjoyable first SF novel that will appeal strongly to Red Dwarf fans as there's a strong vein of worldly wise humour running throughout the story not to mention a good dose of Virtual Reality. It's a well crafted tale with some unexpected twists and turns in the plot that keep you turning the pages, eager to find out what happens next. The author's style is very readable and his lengthy real world experience of moving rigs on Earth shines through. It gives great credibility both to the action sequences and to the many aspects of human nature that are explored. I romped through the book, finding it hard to put down. Highly recommended."

"A word of warning: the first 10 or so pages of this book are B-rutal, that's brutal with a capital B. However, if you can get through those first 10 pages, you will find a very enjoyable book. It starts off with details on mining operations and zzzz.... But then the book transforms into a sci-fi space adventure. It's set in a future unknown time when a strict religious regime has outlawed contact between the sexes unless properly authorized. The journey takes the mining team to the moons of Jupiter and beyond. I don't like to give details of books in my reviews, but I will say that if you like quirky, adventure-type sci-fi novels, you will probably enjoy this book. I'm glad I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway contest.

The author makes a note that publishing companies will not take a chance on him and publish his novels, so he self-publishes. I would recommend a publishing company taking a chance on him. He has a good imagination and an attention to detail. He has original ideas and could become a success given the chance. And just to be clear, I've never met Victor, nor I had I ever heard of him prior to winning this contest."

"As someone who reads a lot more fantasy than science fiction this book was refreshing. It shows how life has managed to survive the overpopulation of Earth and spread into the solar system. This survival is ensured by the Morality Police - a group that could be the offspring of Orwell's thought police and China's one child policy which ensures a male/female segregation system. The story follows Sully and his friends on their adventures, or rather misadventures, towards trying to find happiness in a highly controlled society.

I enjoyed this book, the ideas and plot in many places was new for me and the characters very likeable. It has a good thread about hypocrisy running through it which was fun to read too. If found the first half of the book proceeded quite slowly and then started rolling quite quickly towards the end, however I don't think I can call this a criticism as the pace seems to fit the storyline itself and the events which begin to happen to the characters, although it did mean that I felt that I reached the end of the book quickly."

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